Several shipments of Moderna Covid-19 vaccines were delayed before the Christmas holiday due to "temperature excursions," meaning they had been refrigerated inappropriately while in transit, according to the Texas Hospital Association.
Leadership reported the issue immediately, Carrie Williams of the Texas Hospital Association said. The federal government shipped replacement vaccines.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Moderna vaccine should arrive onsite frozen between -25°C (-13°F) and -15°C (5°F) and stored at the same temperatures. Once vaccines are thawed, they must be kept between 2°C (36°F) and 8°C (46°F) and only for up to 30 days.
The CDC also provides strict and specific handling guidance for Moderna vaccines.
CNN is still learning about the incident from the CDC, the Texas state health authorities and the shipping company.